About

 

Philosophy

History

As humans we have the potential to do incredible amounts of both harm and healing.  On the environmental scale, as a species our industrial and economic systems are doing great harm to this planet’s earth, air, and water.  It’s hard to know how we, as individuals, can have a meaningful or significant impact on this.  

The goal of Northwest Naturescapes is to help assist in the small ways we can make a difference on our own patch of grass, and to extend our knowledge and service to educate and enhance our community at large, thus extending our personal influence – one yard at a time.

It began in 2010 with the purchase of an electric bike and construction of a lightweight large capacity bike trailer which allowed for transportation of one person (and a whole lot of tools) to virtually any job within the city limits. The use of electric mowers, string-trimmers, chain saws, blowers helps reduce dependence on gasoline.  Native plants and edible landscapes were the theme.  We maintained landscapes including the two natural food stores, a couple apartments and condominiums, and numerous residences, all by bicycle, all for about 7 years.

In 2019 we transitioned away from bicycle landscape maintenance and into 100% ecological landscape construction.  We no longer offer weekly maintenance and instead now focus on seasonal maintenance including pruning and weeding; water works including drip irrigation, drainage, and water features; and construction including pathways, patios, fences, decks and more.  If it’s in your yard and less than 15 ft off the ground, we do that! 

Staff

Owner/Operator

Alden Gray, Northwest Naturescapes’ founder, is a Corvallis native who graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies. Alden loves to have his hands in the soil. He is a certified Permaculture Designer and has completed the Master Gardeners curriculum. He is a licensed landscape contractor (LCB #9532). Working outside to increase the health and vitality of plants and the environment is his dream come true.